Shoes on the Danube

cast iron shoe
cast iron shoe
Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Shoes on the Danube Promenade

Sixty pair of shoes, made of cast iron, sit on the bank of the Danube River just below the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest.   The shoes are old fashioned, all different styles, from all walks of life, worn by men, women and children from the 1940’s.

The shoes are a memorial to the thousands of Hungarian Jews publicly executed by the antisemitic Arrow Cross Party in 1944-45.  The victims were marched down to the river’s edge, forced to step out of their shoes, and shot.  Shoes were valuable.  The river carried away the bodies.

The memorial is striking and poignant, as if the people had stepped out of their shoes and just disappeared.

Thought for the Day:  Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.                                                                                        Helen Keller

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